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Liberal Arts - Mathematics & Science A.S. Allied Health

Overview of Allied Health:

Allied health careers typically refer to those careers in healthcare other than a nurse or doctor. Each healthcare career requires specific skills and different personality traits. Some common traits most healthcare careers require are a desire to help others, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a good work ethic. In addition, following intensive training, most allied health careers require working independently with highly specialized medical equipment and analyzers. When choosing a career in allied health, persons should consider how much direct patient contact they desire and what type of medical facility in which they hope to gain employment. Typically, allied healthcare professionals work on a shift-based schedule, and are paid per hour. Some career choices have both associate and bachelor’s degree programs. The Liberal Arts Mathematics and Science A.S. degree, Allied Health Concentration, prepares students for transfer to a 4-year school for specific courses and training in the chosen field of study in healthcare.

Typical first semester in the allied health concentration:

CHE 131 General Chemistry 1
BIO 203 Anatomy & Physiology 1
MTH 155 College Algebra
ENG 101 Research and Composition
??? Advised Elective

*This first semester assumes the student has successfully completed three years of high school mathematics through trigonometry, one year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry.

*Students who do not have this academic background should plan to be at JCC for 3 years.


Career Exploration:

Cardiovascular Perfusionist

Job Description: Perfusionists are operating room specialist who are trained and educated to operate a heart-lung machine, usually during open heart surgery. Working with cardiac surgeons, perfusionists monitor and adjust patient’s oxygen level, body temperature, electrolytes and blood volume. Persons successful in this field are able to perform well under stress, multi-task and work well as an operating room team member.

Possible Transfer School: SUNY Upstate Medical University


Job Description: Cytotechnologists are trained and educated to examine and evaluate cellular material from nearly all body sites. Cytotechnologists work closely with pathologists in detecting abnormal cytological changes as seen in malignancies, inflammation and infectious diseases. Persons successful in this field are meticulous in microscopic observations, able to work independently, and detail oriented.

Possible Transfer Schools: Stony Brook University

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Job Description: Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform testing that plays an important role in the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Testing is done on blood, tissues and body fluids using a variety of precise methodologies and technologies. Persons successful in this field are able to critically analyze data, multi-task and work independently.

Possible Transfer Schools: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, University at Buffalo, Marist College

Occupational Therapist

Job Description: Occupational therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in roles and situations at home, school, work and other settings. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance to support engagement in everyday life activities. A large variety of settings, such as hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, provide employment opportunities. Persons successful in this field are able to communicate effectively and enjoy working with people of all ages.

Possible Transfer School: Utica College, D’Youville College, University at Buffalo, Ithaca College, Keuka College

Radiation Therapist

Job Description: Radiation therapists deliver prescribed doses of radiation to patients for therapeutic purposes. A radiation therapist works closely with a team of oncology professionals to provide radiation therapy and quality care for the patient. Persons successful in this field are to communicate effectively, use sophisticated equipment and use problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Possible Transfer School: SUNY Upstate Medical University


Job Description: Radiologic Technology involves the use of modern equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels of the body. Radiologic Technologists use x-ray, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MRI) to produce images to assist in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Persons successful in this field are able to communicate effectively, use problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Possible Transfer School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Respiratory Therapist

Job Description: Respiratory therapists help people who have difficulty breathing because of illness or injury including heart failure, asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, excessive bleeding and shock. Respiratory therapists work with patients of all ages and are employed in a variety of settings that include acute and chronic care, home care and sleep labs. Persons successful in this field are able to perform well under stress, communicate effectively, enjoy working closely with patients, and able to exercise considerable independent judgment.

Possible Transfer School: SUNY Upstate Medical University